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An interview with...

Influencer, Zana Morris

Co-founder of The Library gym and training and nutritional specialist, Zana Morris, gives us an inside look at her Notting Hill. 

  • Portobello Portraits © Amy Murrell 2016-11

Tell us a bit about yourself:
I’m the co-founder of a group of private member training clubs and moved to London 14 years ago from Ireland, via New York! I fell in love with Notting Hill 7 years ago when a friend insisted I look at properties in the area. In fact so much so, I set up my third club there - The Library on Kensington Park Road.

What do you love most about Notting Hill?
The vibe. It’s a great community, with fabulous restaurants, coffee shops and, of course, shopping – from Westbourne Grove to Portobello Road and not forgetting the vibrant blend of nationalities, backgrounds and characters that are so unique to the area.

Favourite hidden gem?
The garden squares - beautiful havens hidden behind the terraced, Victorian townhouses. Unfortunately, you do have to sweet talk the residents to get in!

Favourite place for a drink?
Negozio Classica, a very sweet wine bar on the corner of Portobello Road and Westbourne Grove. Lovely atmosphere, welcoming staff, great food and wine and, of course, Prosecco.

Favourite restaurant, café?
The Coffee Plant on Portobello Road has the best coffee in the neighbourhood, 202 on Westbourne Grove is definitely a favourite for lunch, while you can’t beat the Italian buzz of Osteria Basilico on Kensington Park Road for dinner!

Best places to shop?
Portobello Road on a Saturday is a great diversion if you are looking for the unusual, while Westbourne Grove and Ledbury Road definitely have the best for all things clothes.

Any insider knowledge / top tips for the area?
Go strolling through Clarendon Cross on the way to a walk in Holland Park. It is such a hidden corner of sweet shops, well worth a drop in.

Best way to spend a lazy afternoon in London?
A stroll through Kensington Gardens to relax under a sycamore tree and then walk back up to Notting Hill in time for cocktails at E&O on Kensington Park Road!

Top 5 things you recommend to do in the capital?
Beyond the amazing shows, these are my 5…

1: A walk or cycle along the canal path from W10, through Regent’s Park to Camden Lock and beyond, enjoying lunch en route. Not only is it a chance to view the amazing and varied canal boats but, moreover, an experience of London from behind the scenes! From industrial warehouses, to the grand, back gardens of beautiful Georgian homes, you may even spot a giraffe leaning with its head over the wall as you pass by London Zoo.

2: Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum in winter is a magical experience, with the backdrop of what must be one of the city’s most dramatic and beautiful buildings.

3: Rowing on the Thames in Chiswick/Barnes (at anytime of year!). What a way to experience a completely different London – one of calm tranquillity!

4: A V&A exhibition. I love the V&A for not only the exhibitions, but also their Friday bar. With a live dj, it puts a very different spin on the traditional museum visit.

5: Opera in the Park. Holland Park in the summer is quite beautiful, and nothing quite beats an evening a champagne picnic followed by an outdoor opera, on a warm, balmy summer’s evening.

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